Implementation of the New Regulation
The European Parliament has recently approved a significant regulation mandating the installation of electric vehicle chargers every 60 kilometers on major transport routes. This decision is part of a broader strategy by the European Commission to move towards a more sustainable future. National governments in the European Union must ensure that by the end of 2025, there are rapid charging points for cars and vans throughout the EU’s core transport network. Additionally, the regulation sets minimum power requirements for these stations, with plans to gradually increase power by 2027.
Infrastructure for Heavy Vehicles and Hydrogen
A significant aspect of this legislation is its focus on infrastructure for heavy vehicles. It stipulates the creation of specific charging stations for these vehicles, with a minimum power of 350 kW every 60 km on the main Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Another notable development is the requirement to establish hydrogen refueling stations by 2030, which will be available not only for cars but also for trucks, ensuring specific coverage in all urban nodes and every 200 km along the core TEN-T network.
Facilitating Charging and Expanding Reach
The charging stations will offer simple payment methods, such as credit cards or contactless devices, without the need for subscriptions. Prices will be reported per kWh, kg, or per minute, and operators must communicate availability, wait times, and prices through panels or web portals. Moreover, the law extends the reach of charging points to major EU ports, which must provide electric charging points to cruise ships and container ships by 2030. Airports are also required to provide electrical supply to parked aircraft by 2025 and at all remote parking stands by 2030.
Social Impact and Climate Goals
The European Commission proposes the creation of a Social Climate Fund, partially funded by emissions trading revenue, aimed at helping citizens invest in energy efficiency and cleaner mobility. The climate goal of this regulation is part of a broader package of green initiatives, seeking to make life easier for electric vehicle users and to promote the long-term adoption of these vehicles over traditional gasoline or diesel cars. The European Union is focusing on significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions from combustion vehicles, which currently account for more than 70% of total emissions by the Twenty-Seven.